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I really want to see what FB comes up with over Myanmar.

This should be interesting.

At last count: one heavily armed military juanta (reported by some to be increasingly and disturbingly mentally unstable) , one civilian government in exile (creating its armed coalition army), twelve (at least by last count) heavily armed factions, some almost exclusively motivated by religion). All with differing levels of blood on their hands.

Add to this mess a huge humanitarian crisis in an almost failed state, crackdowns on journalists (the likes of which hasn't been seen in many years), a dozen major NGOs competing for media and world attention, a regional association of governments that was not designed for handling a mess like this, at least half a dozen large multinational corporations who seem to be making anything they touch on the ground worse, multiple nations in the region with their own civilian versus military problems of their own, and four superpowers (three with UNSC vetos) with a stake in the outcome.

And now FB wants to figure out who is the terrorist and who is the freedom fighter? Who is saint and who is the sinner? Who gets airtime and who doesn't?

FB???

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Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang revealed in a series of articles how the tech giant bows down to demands from governments -

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/apr/15/facebook-india-bjp-fake-accounts

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/series/the-facebook-loophole

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Facebook, Twitter, Google are all owned and controlled by billionaire oligarchs, and their censorship policies reflect the interests of their owners.

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SkepticalToday  08:19 am JST

And now FB wants to figure out who is the terrorist and who is the freedom fighter? Who is saint and who is the sinner? Who gets airtime and who doesn't?

Don't worry, the CIA's National Endowment for Democracy and George Soros's Open Societies Foundation are on the case.

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Trump has freedom to tell lies and incite violence, just not on Facebook or Twitter. And why is the GOP complaining? They were very happy to pass laws supporting the baker who refused to make a cake for the gay couple getting married. How is this any different?

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Make Facebook Great Again

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The GOP is ripping itself apart with 70% of Republicans believing in Trump's Big Lie and other nonsense conspiracies.

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The GOP is ripping itself apart with 70% of Republicans believing in Trump's Big Lie and other nonsense conspiracies.

It does not surprise me one bit. Much of the very same GOP base believe fervently in 2000 year old Middle Eastern fairy tales that are similarly devoid of any supporting facts or in many cases contradict what we know to be true about the physical world. I have had fundamentalist Christians tell me in complete sincerity that a belligerent and hegemonic Israel must start the war that brings their end of times prophesies to fruition along with the second coming of Christ. And the zinger they throw in is that if the US supports the Israelis then somehow America will be spared at the end of times. This is the GOPs audience. This is who makes up their ardent supporters. If you can believe tripe like that you can believe an election was stolen. It is not a big leap of faith at that point.

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The internet is a conduit. Individuals are responsible for what they post, not Facebook or Twitter. If someone sends hate mail, neither the post office nor the postman are held accountable. If someone slanders someone in a pub, the pub landlord is not accountable. If someone writes something abusive on the wall of your property, you are no accountable, simply because you own the wall.

Social media should censor nothing. The courts can decide on individual posts according to the law of the land in which the poster is posting from.

Civilised countries have perfectly adequate laws for dealing with incitement to commit violence. Social media has no business rewriting laws governing freedom of speech.

To avoid being used by governments as official censors by proxy, the next generation of Web 2.0 companies need to embrace distributed topologies.

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The GOP is ripping itself apart with 70% of Republicans believing in Trump's Big Lie and other nonsense conspiracies.

Trump is like the new Jim Jones

Social media should censor nothing

That's their private business. But Trump people should not complain since Trump has his own social media site now at https://www.donaldjtrump.com/desk

Just go there and read all the valuable information that Trump has to offer. He's not cut off from the Internet, just go there at that URL anytime 24/7.

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A simple solution to this is for social media companies to give users an easier way of self-censoring what they do not want to see. They offer some tools for this, but much more advanced tools could easily be added to their services.

I don't think people should be allowed to ban those they don't know from communicating to others they don't know, things they do not agree with. Creating a gatekeeper to free speech online is a bad idea. Censorship is the cornerstone of dictatorship. It is unwise to build the infrastructure of dictatorship, as once built, it is almost impossible to remove and will be used globally to oppress millions.

Instead, allow folk who feel a need for it, to block out anything they do not want to see, using shared, crowd-enhanced filters that become more effective over time. This can be done on the social media systems we have now.

Wanting to silence Trump is disturbing. A civilised society permits dissenting views. You don't have to listen to him if you don't want to. Listening to young people demanding things being banned and 'regulated' online, it's like the Hitler Youth have returned. The same mechanisms that they demand will be used to crush democracy in Burma, Kashmir, Russia and Turkey.

I disagree with almost everything Trump says, but I would consider silencing him to be an act of repression and a disturbing precedent to a grotesque, Orwellian future.

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Facebook’s “fact-checkers” are funded by the CCP.

Yet, people insist on getting their “news” from Facebook!

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The GOP is ripping itself apart with 70% of Republicans believing in Trump's Big Lie and other nonsense conspiracies.

In a way, this is a very good thing - let them tear themselves asunder so they may never be a threat to anyone again. For all FBs myriad of issues (and they are legion), they did right by kicking the mad king off the platform. And kudos to twitter, too.

45ism took a big hit from the dethroning. But let's not be complacent. Such diseases are difficult to completely contain.

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Facebook’s “fact-checkers” are funded by the CCP.

I'm sure you have a reliable source for this.

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Express- look up Danielle Anderson who is funded by the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Facebook used her to censor articles pointing out the origins of COVID.

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